Chinese house for a wine maker

León / Spain / 2009

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This low-cost (half of usual price, less than 400 euros/m2) and self-assembled house has been built in León (Spain) for a wine-maker family. For its construction, pavilions were used and interconnected in the same fashion as the Chinese traditional architecture of Shouzou Gardens. The structure consists of load-bearing walls made out of lightened clay that provide the house with thermal insulation. The beam system –made of precast concrete and clay– comprises 5-meter spans and supports the habitable green roof. Thanks to its soil and vegetation, not only provides it insulation and thermal inertia, but it also absorbs solar radiation. The house is heated with low-temperature radiant floor connected to solar panels during the winter. In summer, it is cooled with cross ventilation during the night and blinds controlling solar radiation during the day (as in traditional Spanish architecture). The different levels of the slab define diverse scale spaces as well as the connection between interior levels. The horizontal connection of spaces is achieved through diagonal alignment of pavilions and axial continuity of doors. The clients participated throughout the designing and building process redefining the house geometry in order to adapt it to their own needs and gradually colonizing the space. This house was characterized by a cheap conventional construction and easy building techniques known by the locals as well as the house owners.
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    This low-cost (half of usual price, less than 400 euros/m2) and self-assembled house has been built in León (Spain) for a wine-maker family. For its construction, pavilions were used and interconnected in the same fashion as the Chinese traditional architecture of Shouzou Gardens. The structure consists of load-bearing walls made out of lightened clay that provide the house with thermal insulation. The beam system –made of precast concrete and clay– comprises 5-meter spans and supports the...

    Project details
    • Year 2009
    • Work finished in 2009
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence
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